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Next Event; 30 Sept, Susanna Phillippo, Airy citadels, tyrannous cacti, Mycenae’s astonishing stones: Belsay Hall and Sir Charles Monck’s travel diaries, More details, including the Zoom link, will be posted in the Members' Section of our website.

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We are a registered charity, registration number 230888. Click here for our entry on the Charity Commission website. We are also partners in the management of Newcastle Castle, and are signatories to the North East Statement Against Racism.

Coronavirus; Statement from the President, July 2020

I hope that all our members, and their friends and relatives, continue to be safe. It is now certain that it will be impossible to hold any of our planned lectures in Newcastle University for the rest of 2020. I hope very much that we will be able to get back to some kind of normality in 2021, but much uncertainty still surrounds events so far ahead.

In the meantime, we are extremely grateful to Marta Alberti and the rest of the Activities Committee team for their hard work in putting together a series of lectures on Zoom. While not quite the same as the planned programme, this is a way in which members can stay in touch and still keep abreast with archaeological and historical discoveries. Inevitably technical challenges and last-minute changes will arise in such an improvised programme; please keep an eye on this website for changes.

In the meantime, you can still read my alternative March e-lecture on A Roman Pandemic here. Members can follow this link to log in and then to read Andrea Dolfini's alternative presentation on Violence and Warfare in Bronze Age Society. We also have a YouTube channel, including a presentation by Rosie Serdiville about what happened to the prisoners after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar. Contributions to this or suggestions for Zoom lectures from other members will be most welcome.

I am equally grateful to Sue Ward for keeping members informed and entertained, both with the weekly Antiquaries Exchange e-circular, and with the recent physically printed and posted News Bulletin. Because of the unusual situation and the need to keep in touch with members we will be producing an extra edition in September, and contributions to this will be welcome.  Work is also continuing on the production of our journal Archaeologia Aeliana, with the aim of having the late 2019 volume out by the autumn and the 2020 volume in members’ hands as soon as possible after that.

We will almost certainly have to further postpone our AGM (at which members are presented with and asked to approve the annual report and accounts), which we had hoped to hold in September. In the meantime, members can find the annual report and accounts for 2019 on this website.

 The Membership Administrator and the Trustees are working remotely. While we hope to have some limited access to our office the Geat North Museum soon to collect any physical mail that has accumulated, it is still best to avoid postal communication with us at present. You can contact the membership administrator via the Society's e-mail address, Any contributor to Archaeologia Aeliana who sent hard copy manuscripts or disks into the office, please resubmit electronically, or contact the Society as soon as possible.  For financial queries, please contact the Society’s Treasurer at  Invoices need to be submitted electronically during the period of office closure. Messages on the office phone will not be picked up. Please communicate by e-mail only.

The Society has set aside limited funds to assist research or publication projects in its area of interest (archaeology and history of the historic counties of Northumberland and Durham) that have been developed while it is impossible to carry on normal work during the lockdown. Follow this link for more information.

Nick Hodgson, President

In the future, don’t forget your past